NAPTIP in Recruitment, Promotion Scandal

A Nigerian agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is caught up in a recruitment scam and staff promotion in disregard to the civil service rule.

NAPTIP under the leadership of Mr. Abdulrazag Dangori, the Director-General of the agency has taken laws into its hands, recruited illegally and promoted some staff in violation of civil service rules, a copy of petition seen by WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) that was sent to the Head of Service of the Federation shows.

A mandatory requirement of all government employees is that vacant positions be advertised to allow all qualified candidates to compete for available slots. Also, in NAPTIP, promotion, salary, and allowances are subject to the approval of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

However, this rule was violated by the agency as the Director-General embarks on secret employment and promotion of relatives, friends, and cronies.

The agency has employed and promoted a good number of persons without advertisement and approval from the head of service. Just a few months, some of the persons the agency employed and promoted in violation of the employment procedure were Mr. Famakhin, a retired junior police officer with Senior Secondary School Certificate qualification to head its Lagos Zonal Command. The Director-General subjected Akumulafe Kehinde, Assistant Director to work under the instruction of retired junior police officer.

Expanding the illegality, Mr. Essele, a retired police officer was illegally promoted to head the intelligent unit and was placed on N250, 000 monthly salaries which are more than that of a substantive Deputy Director.

This happened, even as the agency has enough directorate cadres to head the intelligent unit.

As if this was not enough, Testshoma Defeta, the Special Assistant to the former Director-General who was recently promoted to the rank of Deputy Director is placed on Director Salary.

This is even as Hassan Tahir and Olubiyi Olusayo who got to the rank of Deputy Director before Defeta is yet to be promoted to the rank of Director.

One other person that has enjoyed the nepotism and illegality conduct of the Director-General is Mr. John Dashe, with Higher National Diploma qualification; he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director in total disregard for the civil service rule.

This is even as the scheme of service in the public sector limits him to the rank of a chief.

A senior staff of the agency told WAR he was not aware of any waiver or approval from any appropriate authority asking the agency to undertake the recruitment and promotion that was done under the leadership of Abdulrazag Dangori, the Director-General.

WAR could not speak to NAPTIP, as telephone calls made to Stella Nezan, spokesperson of the agency was not successful and she did not respond to a text message sent to her.

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